The Detroit Pistons signed reserve big man Tyler Cook to a second 10-day contract, the team announced today. During Cook’s first 10-day deal, the team took a pretty long look at him on the floor, putting him in five games where he averaged 10.8 minutes, 2.6 points and 3 rebounds.
Following the release of Blake Griffin, the Detroit Pistons have a roster spot open, and Cook is potentially auditioning to take it and the guaranteed contract that comes with it. If the Pistons were to sign Cook to a deal, it would likely feature a non-guaranteed option year for next season.
Whether the Pistons need another big man is another question altogether. The team already has rookie Isaiah Stewart earning more and more playing time every week, and veteran Mason Plumlee is signed for the next two seasons.
Reserve Jahlil Okafor is injured and hasn’t played since Jan. 30 after a knee injury and subsequent surgery. Beyond just providing depth with Okafor sidelined, Cook has seen minutes at backup power forward as well, seemingly at the expense of second-year forward Sekou Doumbouya.
Signing Cook to a second 10-day means more of the same should be expected. Once the Pistons decide what to do with Cook following this latest 10-day, the Pistons might keep him in the rotation for spot minutes or shuffle things around to get Sekou some more time as well. This is about the time when the worst franchises start sitting veterans more and more for the sake of youth development. Lord knows Sekou needs development and some consistent minutes on the floor.